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Maudite | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of tittymcj
2.85/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I don't enjoy Belgian beers.

This one pours out a very dark but clear brown with some golden hints around the edges. Great head retention, about a finger throughout, with little lacing and tons of carbonation evident.

Smell is very herbal and spicy. Definitely a sense of the bready malt along with some cinnamon and other strong herbs.

Taste is not great. Most of what I get out of it is just a bitter taste. It also seems slightly sour, maybe a little sour apple flavor. Doesn't taste natural to me, seems artificial.

Mouthfeel is where it really lets me down again. Lots of bitter taste, lots of carbonation, but other than that it's pretty watery and doesn't do much for me on the way down.

Very drinkable beer, despite the fact that I don't enjoy it, particularly because it is so light and well-carbonated.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Two to three fingers of a active/bubbly off-white head; body is a deep mahogany with amber hues along the bottom edge of the glass. Head retains as a small ring, and yeast from bottle fermentation settles along the bottom of the tulip.
S: Spicy, and citrus. Reminiscent of a spicy witbier.
T: Heavy wheat flavors with a touch of dark spice; malty character is balanced by a touch of hops; residuals of spices left gracefully on the tongue.
M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation.
D: Very smooth, with the alcohol unnoticed. Easy and pleasant to drink, meanwhile maintaining a heap of complexity. Most drinkable Belgian Strong I've had.

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Photo of jlb307
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Translucent browinsh amber. Bubbly off-white head which did not retain very long. Little, but good lacing.

S: Hints of cinnamon, graham, and spice. Almost like a far-off pumpkin pie. Smells yeasty and sweet.

T: Starts off mildly sweet, but as it warms you can start to taste the yeast. Leaves a tart aftertaste on the rough of the mouth. Short dry finish, too.

M: Medium bodied with decent balance with the carbonation. Had a fresh "kick" to it.

D: A very refreshing drink. Would easily have it again.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this with some dinner this past Friday night at The Eastern Standard. Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Dark amber color. Large fizzy white head. Very raisin-like smell to it. Taste was excellent. Had a lot of the flavor profiles of a fine dubbel. Cinnamon and caramelized sugar gave it some sweetness and a note of hay/straw gave this beer some dryness at the back of the throat. Paired well with a goat cheese tart salad. Could have been a bit thicker in the body, but overall this rates as one of Unibroue's best offerings.

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Photo of Stimack
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Maudite last evening have not had one of these in a while. The brew was poured into a chalice glass and had a cloudy brown color with a smaller than expected light tan head. The head retention was a little disappointing and the lacing was some what limited. The aroma has a good deal of character with thoughts of apple, banana, plum and a nice yeast scent. The taste is nice, wheat that has a toasted character, fruit, clove and a slightly banana yeast flavor. Some alcohol flavor as the brew warms. Finishes with a nice zesty spiciness that plays with the back of the tongue. Overall this is a very good brew but not may favorite from Unibroue, still a very good offering.

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Photo of njthebestofme
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this beer with dinner tonight and i got to say i enjoyed it..had a great dark red color light head.. smelled had a spicy smell.. a little cinonim notes.. Taste had a slight cinonim taste with a wheat flovor and a little hoppy.. overal had a alot of charcter and went good with a mango mahi mahi

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Photo of UA8
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy dark amber color with with a puffy off-white head.

S- Scents of over ripened fruits, raisins, heavy bready yeast, and touch of medicinal scent alcohol.

T- Leads with a citrus and yeast tang, moves to caramel malts, and finishes with a bold spice notes and a touch of warming alcohol.

M- A touch heavy on the carbonation but it rolls out of the way nicely although burns the tongue a bit in the process, moderate fullness.

D- Not generally a drinker of Belgian ales but I like this one. It does great job of hiding it 8% abv and also isn't overly sweet. Something I would consider buying or drinking again if I got the hankering.

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Photo of delmarnate
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer after sampling trois pistoles from Unibroue. Maudite holds its own against trois pistoles or any other beer I have ever had. Very fruity, spicy aroma, and popping with carbonation. Perfect balance of malt and hops make this beer good for the IPA and cream ale crowd. An excellent introduction to a great brewery and line of beers.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap a number of times and had a bottle last night that was almost perfect so I thought I'd throw down a review.

Pours a deep, dark red almost maroonish with a big thick fluffy white head. Looks great in the Unibroue glass provided.

Smell is sweet, juicy fruit, stewed apples, caramel, some yeastiness but overall a lot of dark fruit character.

Taste is incredible. All of that sweet, dark juicy fruit is in every sip. Its akin to the character of Aventinus a little bit I think. Just an amazingly easy to drink, smooth beer but with so much flavor.

An altogether delicious, easy drinking beer that really has little competition. This is my favorite offering from Unibroue as its always solid.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a regular snifter. Best before 10/02/11.

A- Maudite pours out a dirty tan color out of the bottle but when settled in the glass this BSDA has a dark bronze color with a minimal white foamy head. No lacing.

S- This has a strong caramel smell from the malt along with a ripe fruit array coming through as well. A bit of yeast is apparent as well. Some spices with warming.

T- The spices come out more with some clove and light pepper. The malt is king with the caramel coming through. A bit of yeast as in smell with just a touch of alcohol. Not getting much hops but i believe this is an old bottle. Fruits such as apple and pear as well.

M- Was ok initially but really fell flat 6oz or so in. Either way this was medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Coats the palette for a few seconds than nothing. Some lingering fruit flavor.

D- A decent BSDA but I prefer Trois Pistoles as this one is a bit lighter in all areas, especially mouth. Would love to try a fresh bottle as I think a bigger hop presense would of improved things. All in all good stuff.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Maudite (what else of course) snifter.

A: A dark brown kind of mahogany color with a nice two finger off white thick head. Nice glass lacing is left.

S: Spicy and yeasty with dark sweet fruits.

T: As the beer warms, the spice really comes out. Spice and yeast start off with flavors of sweet fruit such as cherry, banana, apple and some raisin. A nice sweetness settles in with a candy sugary sweetness all along pairing with the spice flavor. A nice dry finish indicates a nice hop presence. Very good beer.

M: Full and coating but not overly lingering. Very slight alcohol flavor, but nothing leads you to beleive it's 8%.

D: High, this is a good beer that goes down easily. Very nice drinker.

Overall another quality beer by Unibroue. This brewer may be the best bang for the buck belgian wise. Their beers are kick ass and very reasonable. Nice job Unibroue.

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Photo of juju7
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky brown with red tinges. Soft and light head that I would liked to have hung around just a little longer. Toffee, herbs and orange coriander nose. Not an over powering mouth feel but still big enough to make a big impression. Alcohol is surprisingly soft witha spritzy bitterness. Damn good beer. A sipper.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle that my buddy Eric gave me. Best by 10th Nov 2010. Into my Unibroue tulip

A: A glowing crimson with a thin off-white head that recedes to a disk rather quick but holds well. Plenty of visible carbonation

S: Sweet and estery with an intriguing mix of bubblegum, clove and allspice. Some dark fruit character with plum, raisins and over-ripe cherries. Excellent

T: The flavors from the nose are pretty much replicated here, with the spice taking the lead and the fruit character. As this warms up, it becomes rather intensely yeasty and spicy. Finishes dry and yeasty

M: Moderately over-carbonated and that doesn't work very well with the medium body. With time, though, the carbonation tapers off and is fine. Finishes dry, spicy and yeasty

D: Pretty easy to drink, maybe a little sweeter than I'd like?

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with Belgian Strong Dark Ales is from Struis (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/489/1403/) and I feel that this is comparable, if not better then that.

Very strong and rich flavor. Figs, dates, dark fruits, maple, brown sugar.

What pushed me over the edge for this one was the affordability. At $9-10 a four-pack this is about half the cost of most "Authentic" Belgian beers available.

This is now my go to beer for this category.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Feb 9, 2009
Mahogany pour no head, but this is on tap, and if there was a big head I would complain about that also. Can't get much aroma in here. Taste is more like the Belgian golden ales I have had, such as pranqster. Good brew l, I just expected more body and sweetness from a Belgium dark. But this could just be my perception of what it should be, I have only had 1 or 2 others, so maybe THEY were the ones that were out of style, who knows now. But come to think of it, one of the other ones I had was Trois Pistoles, how can they look and taste so different, yet be labeled as a BSDA?!

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy muddy color that when held up to the light looks copper or hazy orange. A thick bubbly head that fades down to a thin layer on top of the beer.

Smell of that Belgian sweet floral aroma.

Taste is very smooth a sweet fruity flavor. Carbonation is typical for a Belgian, which is higher than the average American style brew. Leaves a very thin sweet taste on the palate after each drink. Highly drinkable beer that can easily get out of hand with the high ABV.

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Photo of n0315
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW. Poured into a nice tulip glass. Has an appearance a little darker than cider, with a decent head that stays for a bit and ends nice and lacy. The smell was amazing, fruit and malt dominate but don't overpower. The taste was better. Malt, fruit, tartness, and a sweet finish with some pepper taste in there, a very complex brew and one for the ages in my book. Great mouthfeel and quite frankly I could drink this stuff all day since the alcohol is anything but overpowering. amazing. The best Belgian dark ale I have ever had, bar none.

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Photo of grayburn
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy reddish tan with heavy head and light lace.

Yeasty, fruity smell. Similar to other lovely Unibroue offerings where balance is concerned.

Taste is dry with subdued fruits, slight bitterness.

Heavy carbonation- tart clean finish.

Very good beer, I could polish off a few of these...decent session sipper...thanks again Unibroue, excellent brewery.

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Photo of Rayek
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber with a fizzy orange tinged cap. Head retention is average and bits of lace are left behind.

S: Rather spicy, with aromas of lemon and clove. Sweetness is there with a vinous grape scent. A mild biscuit presence resides in the background.

T: A spicy clove and pepper bitterness starts things out. It dominates the overall flavor, but isn't overpowering. Sweetness is there with grape, apple and pear flavors. A mild sourdough sourness rounds things out.

M: Medium body is a little short on carbonation.

D: I'm quite happy that I picked this up. A nice Belgian Strong dark.

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Photo of Chapter40z
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A. Medium brown dull almost muddy look. Decent head that receded quickly leaving only a thin lacing.

S. Smells like a Belgian! Some light fruits with an almost banana type smell. Light hops smell rounds it out nicely.

T. Very similar to the smell, light barley sweetness. Complex flavor very robust alcohol taste with pangs on brandy.

M. Smooth and savory highly carbonated yet a silky mouth coating medium body.

D. I'd most likely only drink a few of these puppies before the alcohol warm in my stomach turned into complete wasted-ness.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown wit ha thick off-white head that dissipated quickly. I smell an apparent fruity maltiness--perhaps apple/pear. The taste is exactly that, slightly tart but with a very good malt finish. It's got a medium-heavy body and pretty carbonated. Definitely a drinkable beer. Very flavorful and a solid all-around brew. Recommend!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in an oversized wine glass for a clearish brown body with a one-finger tan head (is that carbonation or little yeast floaters haning in the middle) and decent lacing. A mix of sweet malts and some bread/yeast aromas peek through, along with some very light hops. This ale is unbelievably smooth and creamy, never had a Belgian that I could say was this smooth. Sweet malts like caramel and maybe something like gum/cake icing (sugary) along with toffee or roasted malts to keep it balanced and give it a dry backbite. Also contained citric and dark fruit tastes in the hops; I could detect orange and possibly banana but I couldn't decipher the rest. Did get a little sticky on the sides from the excessive malts, but this is a damn good beer w/ the 8% hidden well; I could session this even though a few would knock me out.

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Photo of dfolmste
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very carbonated beer. I had to pour it quickly so it wouldn't fizz over. Head is a tan color that climbs the glass but falls just as quickly. Color is a dark amber made hazy by steady streams of bubbles and bottle conditioned yeast.

Smell: An earthy smell with fruit mixed in. Apple and banana hidden underneath a smokey malt odor. Alcohol smell stays masked by other scents. Pretty complex.

Taste: Wow! A rolling taste that crosses all parts of the tongue. Sweet, but not overpowering. Most likely belgian candy sugar. Roasted bread/biscuit malt character mesh well with the roasted characteristics reminding me of a banana just passed its ripeness. I was impressed and wish my pallate was a bit more refined.

Mouthfeel: So far I am loving the belgian style body. Aftertaste is just one more layor of the flavor. Thicker feel matches the taste well.

Drinkability: I would recommend having this beer with food, but having it alone allows for a greater appreciation of the taste. Alcohol is 8% and it is as hidden as the hop flavor. A beer to be savored. Even still, I like to vary the beer I drink in a sitting, but still could have had a few more of these and still noticed new tastes.

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Photo of CJthirty7
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked it. It smells good off the pour. It is reasonably smooth through the finish. Its not too sweet, which some Belgians can be. It doesn't have a lot of character, as nothing stands out about it. Its a solid choice if you've got little to choose from or don't know what to expect from something else.

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Photo of xxHelderxx
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark and hazy amber with a decent amount of off white head that fades fast.

The smell of this beer is fruity (figs) and smells a bit like fresh bread. very nice

The taste starts sweet and fruity but is still nicely balanced and finishes with a nice dry touch.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation but has a clean finish.

Very drinkable for a high ABV strong dark ale. Will buy again for sure.

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,620 ratings
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